Before Meghan Markle: Princess Grace and six more Americans who gave birth to royal babies

Nearly a year after her wedding to Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan of Sussex gave birth to her first child. Buckingham Palace said the boy arrived early Monday morning, weighing 7 pounds and 3 ounces.

A statement said the family, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William, Duchess Kate and Harry’s maternal aunts and uncle, have all been informed and “are delighted with the news.”

The duchess, formerly known as Meghan Markle, was born and raised in Los Angeles.  Her newborn son is now seventh in line for the throne, right behind his father, Harry. The child is also the first ever mixed-race baby born into the royal family.

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That said, Baby Sussex is not the first royal with an American mother. In fact, Meghan isn’t even the first actress to give birth to a royal child. Meet the rest:

Rita Hayworth

American actress Rita Hayworth wed Italian-born Indian Prince Aly Khan, son of the Aga Khan in 1949. They were married four years. (Photo: AP)

The actress was best known for her roles in films like “Gilda” and “The Lady from Shanghai” in the 1940s. But in 1949, Rita Hayworth left Hollywood behind to marry Prince Aly Khan, son of the leader of Nizārī Ismaili Muslims. She met him a year prior at the Cannes Film Festival.

They had both been married before, Khan once before and Hayworth twice, most recently to Orson Welles in a marriage that lasted from 1943 to 1947.

She gave birth to a daughter at the end of 1949, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Hayworth had previously given birth to another daughter fathered by Orson Welles. Her marriage to either child’s father did not last.

Hayworth brought her daughter with her to Nevada to establish residency in order to qualify for a divorce, later saying there were threats against the child’s life if the girl was not raised Muslim, according to a 1953 newspaper clipping. Hayworth said she wanted the child raised Christian.

The couple eventually divorced in 1953 but their daughter became her mother’s caretaker as she suffered through Alzheimer’s toward the end of her life. 

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